Both teams picked up victories and shutouts to remain at the top of the standings in Region 5-AAA.
Cartersville 3, Ringgold 0
Cartersville senior Stephanie Will tore her ACL in July of 2013. She had missed the volleyball season and basketball season in the fall and winter seasons, respectively.
She also missed Cartersville’s first three games in the soccer season and saw limited action in the fourth because of a malfunction with her knee brace.
However, Cartersville’s center midfielder came back with a vengeance Tuesday night as she netted a hat trick and helped the Lady Canes to a 3-0 victory over Ringgold in her first full game back.
“We played really well,” Cartersville coach Chad Murray said. “We maintained possession and passed the ball, probably, the best we have all year.”
Will scored her first goal with 15 seconds left in the half off a Tori Sims assist. She scored again with 5:50 remaining in the second half on a Payton Putzer assist.
Will completed the hat trick with an unassisted goal with two minutes left in the game.
Cartersville’s defense also put forth a strong effort as freshman keeper Abby Robinson recorded five saves behind excellent defense from Victoria Everhart and Molly Acuff.
“They’ve just been incredible for us all year,” Murray said of Everhart and Acuff. “The few chances that Ringgold did have, they stepped up and took care of business.”
According to Murray, Cartersville was able to keep the pressure on the Ringgold defense throughout the match.
“I would say the low number would be 75 percent of the time,” Murray said of how often the Lady Canes had possession on their offensive side of the field. “Ringgold has a good backline and it showed because we had at least 15 shots on goal.”
Cartersville will play again Thursday at North Murray.
Adairsville 2, Coahulla Creek 0
The Adairsville girls soccer team improved to 5-0 this season and 3-0 in Region 5-AAA Tuesday night as the Lady Tigers defeated Coahulla Creek by a score of 2-0.
“Right now we’re playing pretty well,” Adairsville assistant coach Lance Hall said. “You never know with injuries and things like that, but we’re playing well.”
According to Hall, the game was evenly matched in the first half as neither team was able to get on the scoreboard.
“It was a tough game between the 18s,” he said. “Both teams went back and forth the whole half.”
Hall said that his team made adjustments at halftime, which showed early in the second half when the Lady Tigers struck in the 43rd minute.
“Emily Sexauer scored off of a Haley Pittman assist. Pittman crossed it in and Sexauer came along the back post and buried it,” Hall said.
Adairsville’s second goal came in the 72nd minute and was very similar to the first as Katelyn Webster crossed the ball to the back post where Aimee Pacheco would put in the insurance goal.
The offense did its part, but it was the defense that was most responsible for the victory according to Hall.
“Our whole backline played great. We played six girls back there tonight and anything that Coahulla Creek tried to do, our fullbacks snuffed it out,” Hall said. “Our goalie, Amber Litterall, will get the credit for the shutout, but it’s like an offensive guard in football. There are no stats, but our fullbacks played great.”
The Lady Tigers will look to improve to 4-0 in region play on Thursday when they face Gordon Central at home at 5:30 p.m.